META and KSF Present Home Grown
The Middle East Theatre Academy (META) and The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) are proud to present Home Grown, the region’s first innovative philanthropic programme to discover and nurture young artistic talent in the performing arts, as well as to provide creative opportunities for youth throughout the region. The programme’s objective is to create a platform for promising young talent and arm them with the necessary skills and experience in order to excel, with the help of professionals, mentors and support. Participants will be given an exceptional learning experience from seasoned professionals and passionate experts. Offering master classes in technique, skills, and implementation, these young men and women will have the distinct opportunity to work under one of the most experienced professional theatre teams in the world.
Middle East Theatre Academy (META)
Launched in 2011, as a joint initiative with world-renowned screen actor, director and producer Kevin Spacey and The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF), The Middle East Theatre Academy (META) is a first-of-its-kind academy designed to introduce, influence, and nurture the youth of the region in the art of theatre, stage performance and related education. The non-profit Academy is offering a range of creative opportunities for young, emerging artists throughout the Middle East, with a special focus on motivating underprivileged youth, by facilitating workshops, master classes and special events. Led by industry professionals in every facet of theatre and stagecraft, participants will have an opportunity to gain insight in the areas of performance, directing, writing, producing, stage management, lighting, set design, costumes, and makeup application. META’s inaugural project, Home Grown, will discover and celebrate the artistic talent that saturates the youth of the Middle East, a community consisting of over 200 different nationalities and cultures, bringing opportunity for innovation to an entirely new level. Facilitated by KSF in collaboration with META, emerging artists and students, who may not otherwise be afforded the opportunity due to their social, global, or otherwise economic circumstances, will have a chance to discover important life skills, develop a passion and create a path for achievement.
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The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) was established in the United Kingdom in 2010 and in the United States in 2013. KSF’s purpose is to use the esteem and fame associated with its namesake to create initiatives that discover, train and mentor emerging artists in drama, dance, music, and film. Its services include financial assistance to enable the creation of new work, educational opportunities, and mentoring by respected associates. KSF Grants fund future practitioners, assisting them in the exploration and realization of new, exciting ideas. KSF Scholarships are offered to those wishing to attain a higher education in the performing arts in partnership with leading universities in London and New York. KSF Learning projects give secondary school students the opportunity to develop their creativity through bespoke theatre projects.
Executive Director, The Kevin Spacey Foundation Creator of Home Grown
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The Middle East is an endless fountain of talent in the arts. Whether it’s film, theatre, or music, the potential of the talented youth across the region is limitless. This is where Home Grown comes in. Created and facilitated by our partners at The Kevin Spacey Foundation, this unique philanthropic programme will offer talented youth across the region the chance to foster this potential. An intensive two week theatre training programme, run from the Emirate of Sharjah in the UAE, will take place for the first time between the 10th and 27th of January 2015 and will be offered free of charge for 35 carefully selected youths from across the region. The programme will culminate in the production of a new play in Arabic and English with a regional theme which will be publicly premiered in the UAE on the 25th of January. Academy award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will be present at times and will lead expert classes for participants in addition to observing rehearsals. The opening performance will take place on the 25th of January 2015 at the Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts, located in the Sharjah Heritage Area.
The Middle Eastern Theatre Academy (META) is a non-profit Academy that was launched in 2011 as a joint initiative with The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF). It is a first-of-its-kind Academy in the region, designed to introduce, influence and nurture the youth in the region in the art of theatre, stage performance and related education.
Home Grown will be META’s landmark project launched in partnership with The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) to discover and nurture artistic talent in film and theatre consisting of several unique segments.
Home Grown is to be established as an important charitable and educational project which will provide unprecedented opportunities for youth across the Middle Eastern region to learn and develop skills in performance, including physicality, voice and acting techniques. Academy award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will be present at times throughout the project and will lead expert classes for participants in addition to observing rehearsals. The opening performance will take place in Sharjah in the UAE on the 25th of January 2015 at the Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts in Sharjah.
Home Grown offers an exciting opportunity to have a showcase performance in the theatre to participants with a London-based professional team delivering the content of the workshops. This bespoke programme will encourage self-belief and expand horizons, developing the capacity of youth, providing them with everyday life skills to help their development and personal growth. A new play in Arabic and English will be commissioned to be written for the selected performers.
Participants will have an opportunity to gain insight in the areas of performance, directing, writing, producing, stage management, lighting, costume and set design. This is in addition to other new skills useful for work like public speaking, teamwork, and building confidence. The programme will also offer participants the chance to meet like-minded young people from around the MENA region and a chance to stay in the Emirate of Sharjah, the Cultural Capital of the Arab Region for 2014.
- Physicality: Participants will learn how to use their body on stage. They will learn to convey emotions and feeling through their body language.
- Movement: The group will learn how to work together to create dynamic sequences of movement. Using each other to change the mood of a scene or create a particular location out of nothing but each other.
- Voice: Actors must be heard and understood for a performance to be at its most effective. We will work on vocal technique to ensure each word spoken is clearly articulated and connects with an audience
- Character: We will explore how to create a character from the clues given in the script. We will explore the backstory of each character and look at different approaches to presenting a character on stage.
- Staging: Participants will learn the basics of staging a performance and how to use the space on stage to best effect. They will learn about blocking, sightlines and masking.
- Stage Craft: An introduction to the technical aspects of theatre, such as lighting, sound, design, stage management, ensuring they are fully aware of everything that goes into making a show before starting rehearsals.
We will be accepting applications from residents* of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
*Applicants must have been residents of their respective countries for at least the last five years.
Applicants must have valid passport for travel.
Applicants must be able to be present in the UAE without interruption from 10th to 27th Jan 2015.
Applicants must be aware that all applications will be subject to visa restrictions that are not in our control.
The video auditions are being hosted by YouTube on a private channel .
- A speech for candidates can be downloaded in both English and Arabic to perform.
- Candidates will be required to film themselves performing this speech in either Arabic or English using any recording device (mobile phone, camera, etc.)
- Film the speech in any desired style, but the candidate’s face and torso (waist up) must be visible for the majority of the film.
- The audio for the film must be clear and crisp, no muffled sounds or background noises.
- Film should be no longer than two minutes in length (120 seconds).
- Applications Close December 15th, 2014.
*All auditions will be uploaded onto a private YouTube page, none of the candidates' submissions will be publicized.
Auditions in Sharjah, UAE